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Wednesday, March 27 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Why Are Distributed Systems So Hard?

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Distributed systems are known for being notoriously difficult to wrangle. But why? This talk will cover a brief history of distributed databases, clear up some common myths about the CAP theorem, dig into why network partitions are inevitable, and close out by highlighting how a few popular consensus algorithms mitigate the risks of operating in a distributed fashion and the importance of considering human factors to fully understand the systems we build. Almost all slides will contain original illustration featuring mischievous cats masquerading as sysadmins. By the end of this talk you will have a better understanding of the design trade-offs involved in architecting for distributed systems, and hopefully, be inspired to start doodling tech concepts!

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Denise Yu

Senior Software Engineer, Pivotal
Denise is a Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) in Toronto. In her time at Pivotal she has worked on a variety of open source and enterprise products, served briefly as the Product Manager of Pivotal's On-Demand Service Broker SDK, then moved across an ocean to... Read More →

Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom ABCD

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